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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jim Foglesong, a record label executive and music producer who helped launch Garth Brooks' career and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, has died. He was 90. Kristin Whittlesey is a spokeswoman at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, where Foglesong had been a faculty member since 1991. She says she Foglesong died Tuesday in Nashville of natural causes. Foglesong is a West Virginia native. He began his career in New York as a session singer, producer and record executive and moved to Nashville in 1970 after helping Columbia Records launch subsidiary Epic. In Nashville, he was president of Capitol Records from 1984-89 and he helped launch Brooks' career. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

NEW YORK (AP) - Meredith Vieira is returning to daytime TV with a syndicated talk show. Producer NBCUniversal says "The Meredith Vieira Show" will launch in fall 2014 as a weekday program that will "make viewers laugh, learn and feel inspired." NBC said Tuesday the New York-based show will be taped on a set that resembles Vieira's home, including her actual furniture and family photos. The 59-year-old Vieira was a morning favorite as co-host of NBC's "Today" show from 2006 to 2011. She currently serves as a special correspondent for NBC News programming including "Today" and "NBC Nightly News." From 1997 to 2006, she was moderator of ABC's "The View." Vieira also hosted the syndicated game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" from 2002 until this season. She's the winner of 14 Emmys.

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:56

Storekeeper on "The Waltons" dies

UNDATED (AP) - He owned the general store for all nine seasons of "The Waltons." Joe Conley was best known for playing Ike Godsey. He also played the role in the six made-for-TV movies. Conley has now died. Mary McDonough wrote on her Facebook page that it was "a sad day." She played Erin Walton. Conley was 85.
 

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:55

Mariah Carey in the hospital

NEW YORK (AP) - Mariah Carey is in a New York hospital with a shoulder injury. Her representative says Carey was injured while filming a music video late Sunday. The rep added doctors reset her shoulder and Carey is fine. Mariah Carey was filming a video for a remix version of her song "(hashtag) Beautiful" with Young Jeezy. It was being directed by her husband, Nick Cannon. Carey is still expected to perform Saturday with the New York Philharmonic on Central Park's Great Lawn for the 2013 MLB All-Star Charity Concert. It will benefit Superstorm Sandy victims.

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:54

Lauryn Hill reports to prison

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) - Lauryn Hill has started her three-month stint in prison for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes. Hill reported to a minimum-security federal prison in Danbury, Conn., yesterday. Inmates there live in dormitory-type living quarters and must work jobs like maintenance, food service or landscaping. Hill pleaded guilty last year to failing to pay taxes on earnings from 2005 to 2007, as well as unpaid state and federal taxes in 2008 and 2009. Hill had said during her sentencing she had failed to pay her taxes because she had dropped out of the music business to protect herself and her children. After Hill is released from prison, she will be under home confinement for three months and on parole for a year.
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country music singer Randy Travis was listed in critical condition a day after  being hospitalized in Texas with heart problems. A news release from the singer's publicist says the 54-year-old Travis was admitted to the hospital Sunday in Dallas and was in critical condition Monday evening. His publicist, Kirt Webster, says Travis is being treated for viral cardiomyopathy, a heart condition caused by a virus. The Mayo Clinic's website says the disease weakens and enlarges the heart muscle, making it harder for the heart to pump blood and carry it to the rest of the body. It can lead to heart failure. Treatments range from medications and surgically implanted devices to heart transplants.
 

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal authorities have arrested a New York man they say was trying to extort money from embattled celebrity cook Paula Deen. The FBI said in a news release that Thomas George Paculis of Newfield, N.Y., was arrested Friday. A criminal complaint filed Wednesday in federal court in Savannah, Ga., charges him with extortion. The complaint says Paculis was threatening to go to the media with "true and damning" statements made by Deen unless the former Food Network star gave him $250,000. Special Agent Steve Emmett with the FBI in Atlanta says Paculis had an initial court appearance and was released on bond. Paculis did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Friday. A call to a phone number for Paculis found in the criminal complaint rang unanswered.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The minions have overtaken "The Lone Ranger." Studio estimates Friday show "Despicable Me 2" is trampling the Johnny Depp Western at the holiday box office. The animated Universal sequel has collected three times more than the Disney cowboy caper since both films debuted Wednesday. "Despicable Me 2" earned $59.5 million so far, while "The Lone Ranger" took in $19.5 million in ticket sales. Moviegoers opted for the minions over the masked man by more than 2 to 1 on Independence Day. The family film dominated with $24.5 million Thursday, compared with Ranger's $9.86 million. Poor reviews for "The Lone Ranger" may have translated to sluggish ticket sales. Chicago Sun-Times critic Richard Roeper called the $250 million Western "slick trash."

WASHINGTON (AP) - Neil Diamond debuted his new song for a national audience in Washington yesterday. Diamond performed "Freedom Song (They'll Never Take Us Down)" as part of the "Capitol Fourth" concert, broadcast by PBS. Diamond says all of the proceeds from sales will benefit One Fund Boston and the Wounded Warrior Project. Diamond also sang "Sweet Caroline" in tribute to victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. Other performers included Barry Manilow, and "American Idol" winners Candice Glover and Scotty McCreery.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - It's the comic book cover that captures the grim visage of an older, wiser Batman. The 1986 pen and ink creation - drawn by writer/artist Frank Miller - that is the cover to "The Dark Knight Returns" No. 2 will be sold next month in Dallas by Heritage Auctions. It's the first cover from the "Dark Knight" miniseries to be sold and is expected to fetch more than $500,000. Heritage vice president Todd Hignite says Miller's story for DC Comics "altered the direction of comics." Also up for sale is a 9.2-graded copy of "Batman" No. 1 from 1940. A similar copy sold for $850,000 in 2012. The record price for a comic book remains "Action Comics" No. 1, which sold for $2.16 million in 2011. That featured Superman's first appearance.